Gion is the most attractive region in Kyoto. The beautiful small streets of Gion have traditional Japanese houses on both sides. I mentioned before that it is the traditional region which is famous for Geishas. It is actually the region that inspired the famous novel “Memoirs of a Geisha” (1997). Since being a Geisha is a very respectable job in Japan, it is extremely rude to disturb Geishas while they are walking on the street and going to their workplaces. Still, I couldn’t stop myself from taking a picture of two Geishas walking on the street from a long distance.
Nishiki Market is the most interesting place in Kyoto, since it is full of local food shops, souvenir shops, groceries, butchers, fish markets and more. This market area is actually the real streets that are covered with a roof, so it gives a natural feeling while walking around. These old shops are very famous in Kyoto. It is said that even the very rich locals visit the market themselves to pick the best of the food.
Kinkaku-ji temple, known as the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto, is amazingly beautiful. We needed to travel to north Kyoto by bus to reach it. The temple was completed in 1397 and is covered with gold, and what makes it look beautiful is the fact that it stands in the middle of a pond. It is said that on sunny days it is almost impossible to look at the temple because of the strong golden reflections from the pond.
In the evening we went to Pontocho Street to pick a nice restaurant for our last night. We picked one randomly and – no exaggeration – there I ate one of the best dishes I have ever eaten in my life. It was a traditional Japanese restaurant where you need to remove your shoes at the entrance. We were sitting on the floor and the eight different small dishes in our menu was brought to us one by one. It was so good that we would have eaten there the next day if we were to spend one more day in Kyoto. We had a walk in the city after the dinner and said goodbye to this lovely city before our last days in Tokyo.